This is the second edition of “This week in black girls, ” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who build the world spin .
This week, we shoutout a Hollywood hotshot, a writer making big moves, children inspiring millions from their classroom, and a judge doing run . Celebrate them! Follow them! Support them! Let’s go!
“Go off, sis”: Luvvie Ajayi
The best-selling author and blogger was the opening speaker for the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans. Through presentations, discussions, and other events, the annual three-day conference centres women and girls as the innovators, change agents, and inventors they are. Not 24 hours later, Ajayi was in New York City delivering the keynote address at The 3% Conference, a movement and event created to address the lack of women creative directors in advertising( only 3% when the effort began ).
“Take care of business”: U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson
Presiding over the preliminary section of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates’ indictments was none other than Deborah A. Robinson, a jurist with nearly 30 years of experience behind the bench. As a magistrate in the district, Robinson is no stranger to high-profile defendants , hearing cases involving NBA star Allen Iverson; former Washington , D.C ., mayor Marion Barry; and George W. Bush’s White House aide, Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Prior to her run as a magistrate, Robinson served as an assistant U.S. prosecuting attorney. Robinson will now hand the example over to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
“If you don’t know , now you know”: Christy Coleman
It’s 2017, and folks are still attempting to rewrite Civil War history. If you’re looking for a place to brush up on your facts, visit Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. The innovative space analyse the Civil War from the Confederate, Union, and black perspectives.
Coleman is one of the few black females to lead a Civil War museum and told NBC News the summer months, “My job is to lay out stories you are not able to have considered or heard before and offer an environment where people can learn and explore. And that’s what I do and I do that fairly well.”
“Yes, young queens”: the sixth-grade MCs at Milwaukee Excellence Charter School
I wrote about Milwaukee Excellence last year after considering their passionate principal rap about homework. The school and students are going viral again, this time with their empowering student-lead rap “Excellence First” about biding focused and goal-oriented. It was written by their educator, Terrance Sims, set to the beat from Tee Grizzley’s “First Day Out, “ and tweaked with help from his sixth-grade class. He held mini tryouts to ensure who would perform for the video, and these talented tweens rose to the top.
Come for the positive message, remain for two sixth-grade daughters spewing bars about MBAs and doctorates. The video has more than 86,000 positions on Instagram and even landed the students on “Good Morning America.”
“Let the people know”: Angela Robinson
Last week, I asked you to send me links if you knew of any awesome black girls doing amazing things. Molly M. sent me this delightful note 😛 TAGEND
“I wanted to reach out and propose my best friend Angela Robinson who only wrote and directed the major movie, ‘Professor Marston and The Wonder Women.’ An awesome woman with major accomplishments to write about, too! ”
Robinson has some amazing Hollywood bonafides to her name, running as a novelist, director, and producer on displays like “True Blood, ” “How To Get Away With Murder, ” and “The L Word.” Her latest project, “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, ” tells the surprising true story of William Moulton Marston, the psychologist who made Wonder Woman, and the polyamorous relationship he had with his wife and mistress. The complex love story opened Oct. 13 and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes .
Hats off to Robinson — a homosexual, black female getting it done and discovering success in an industry long dominated by white men.( And kudos to Molly for letting people know about her fabulous friend .)
Final guess: Ziwe
Disney merely announced the full cast of the live-action “Lion King, “ and Beyonce will take the throne as Nala.
it’s not called the lion king anymore. if beyonces in it, it’s called the lion queen. it’s nala’s movie now
— Ziwe (@ ziwe) November 2, 2017
Where’s the lie?
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